The Daily Populous

Saturday November 16th, 2019 evening edition

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Testifying before lawmakers about her politicized ouster from her post as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch was soft-spoken—if firm—throughout.

Sedate though she was, however, diplomats mostly saw her as the week’s hero.

“Masha’s testimony was a powerful moment in the impeachment drama,” Nicholas Burns, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, told me Friday afternoon.

“She was compelling and utterly persuasive in asking how the president permitted corrupt individuals to convince him to fire her.

“I remain disappointed that the department’s leadership and others have declined to acknowledge that the attacks against me and others are dangerously wrong.

“The attacks are leading to a crisis in the State Department…This is not a time to undercut our diplomats.

It is hard to say what the impeachment inquiry will portend for Pompeo’s tenure at the State Department. »

Trump asks Japan to hike payments for U.S. troops to $8 billion: Foreign Policy

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TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple annual payments for U.S. forces stationed there to around $8 billion, Foreign Policy reported, part of Washington’s efforts to press its allies to increase their defense spending.

The current agreement that covers the 54,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan expires in March 2021.

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said the report was incorrect and no U.S.-Japan negotiations on a new agreement have taken place. »

Seattle police captain arrested in undercover prostitution sting

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A 31-year veteran Seattle Police Department captain was arrested by his fellow officers during a vice sting late Wednesday, in an investigation of sexual exploitation.

According to several sources, 53-year-old veteran Seattle police captain Randal Woolery offered $40 to an undercover officer who was posing as a prostitute, and he was arrested on the spot.

“Seattle police arrested a 53-year-old SPD employee last night in an undercover Vice operation in North Seattle,” said a statement issued by Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. »

Thiago Silva carga contra Leo Messi y su actitud con los árbitros: "Busca controlar el juego"

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"Hemos hablado con algunos jugadores que juegan en España y sucede lo mismo, busca controlar el juego, y mediatizar las decisiones del árbitro", comentó.

"En la Champions no tiene esa ventaja porque los árbitros son más duros.

Thiago Silva también salió en defensa de su entrenador, ya que durante un lance del partido, Tite y Messi se enzarzaron una discusión en la que Messi ordenó callar al entrenador brasileño. »

By 7 years old, kids get that hypocrisy is wrong

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Kids seem to learn about the idea of hypocrisy early in elementary school, new research suggests.

The researchers discovered that children who were at least 7 years old began to predict future behavior based on a person’s statement about morals.

Unlike their younger peers, those children think that someone who says stealing is bad would be less likely to steal. »